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Welcome Back/Super Bowl Night!

Feb 1, 2015 | Author: Brittany Sierra


Today is the Super Bowl and I heard Katy Perry will be performing! (Sounds Exciting) Classes are back in session and it’s time to start the year good! The best advice I can give is to meet with your professors frequently and read/complete all homework assignments on time!

I hope everyone has a wonderful semester!

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Things To Do: Utica Edition Part 1

Jan 31, 2015 | Author: MaryEllen Fitzgerald-Bord

I work as an Ambassador (Tour Guide) in the Admissions Office and one of the questions I field most frequently is, “What is there to do in Utica?” My answer to that is simple, there are LOADS of things to do. Not only are there events on campus all of the time, the city itself hosts numerous fun and interesting attractions. And, the best part is, most of the activities are not too far from campus! Throughout the semester I plan on revisiting this topic and adding attractions as the season changes, and as I, myself, discover new things as well!

This posting is going to focus on things to do during the Winter season, and are all basically places you can go to get a reprieve from the cold…which is not to say you couldn’t go to these places in other seasons! Most of the attractions are year round! (I also included an estimate for cost because I know the college student “low-fund” struggle.)

Catch a Comets Game!

The Utica Comets are Utica’s professional hockey team. They play in the AHL league, and their games generate quite a bit of buzz. The city is proud of the team, and it’s a must-see for anyone near the city to go to a game! I’m not a hockey fan, but its hard to not get caught up in all of the commotion that comes with a big game. The games tend to sell out quickly, so be sure to check out their website to see when they are playing!

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men's and Women's ice hockey play there!)

(The Utica Memorial Auditorium is a familiar venue to any Pioneer Hockey Fan, both Men’s and Women’s ice hockey play there!)

The Comets home arena is the Utica Memorial Auditorium, which is where the Utica College Pioneers have their own home hockey games! (For those unaware, its 610 Oriskany St) so this excursion will take you only 5 minutes from campus! This activity is the most expensive out of all of the ones listed, but it’s worth the money! Seeing a game is something everyone has to do at least once!

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She's an avid hockey fan.)

(The Utica Comets! Props to my friend Caroline for the Comets pictures! She’s an avid hockey fan.)

Grab a Cup of Coffee at Utica Roasting

Utica Roasting is a locally owned business which, according to their website is, “committed to offering the highest quality coffee available from around the world—right here in downtown Utica.” They source their beans from around the world, and then roast them right  in their shop in Downtown Utica. They pride themselves on fair trade coffee, and buy local products for everything else. Even if coffee isn’t your thing they have a wide variety of teas, and juice products.

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

(On this day I went with a friend and she had a traditional coffee and bagel, while I tried a frozen green tea. It was delicious, and I highly recommend it.)

Located right on 92 Genesee Street, not too far from the Utica Memorial Auditorium, it is central and not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is definitely affordable for a cup of coffee, and even leaves you room to buy a muffin or bagel to go with your drink!

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

(My friend Adelle enjoying her coffee outside.)

Oogle at Art at Munson Williams

Located right up the street from Utica Roasting is one of my favorite places in Utica, The Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute. It’s a museum dedicated to enriching the community by having various styles of art represented. The museum makes use of the space by having numerous styles and mediums represented, from sculpture to photography to water color to many other types. They also have various exhibits which come in and only stay for a brief period of time, so you can keep coming back to see new things! They also have a film series which shows movies which may not make it to mainstream cinemas; it’s my favorite way to catch a lesser known film. They also show various short and foreign films. Check out their website for more events, exhibit schedules, and films which are currently being shown.

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It's fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

(One of the free exhibits at Munson. It’s fun to try to guess what the artist was feeling while constructing a work of art.)

Located at 310 Genesee Street, it is literally right in the middle of the city. Once again, it is not even 10 minutes from campus. The cost is FREE to enter the general museum, the film series is very reasonable for students, and the additional exhibits have a small cost. (Be sure to ask for the student rate!)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It's a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I've seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

(On the Genesee Level, right across from the main entrance, is a rather large work of art by Jackson Polluck. It’s a beautiful piece, and people can spend ages staring at it. The museum also holds another one of his pieces, which is quite impressive because I’ve seen his work also displayed at the MOMA and MET.)

I hope you give all these activities a try some time soon! Since they are all located quite close to one another, you could make a day out of it and do all of them at once! But, be sure to check out my future blog posts for more fun things to do around Utica!


2015 Here I Come

Jan 30, 2015 | Author: Laura Holmes

Hey Guys!

It’s the start of a new semester here at Utica and I’m really excited.  Last semester was very stressful for me.  I had a lot of difficult classes and all of the organizations I’m in took up most of my spare time.  It was my first semester back after studying abroad in France and the transition back proved to be somewhat harder than I thought it would be.  The lifestyle is different and I had some trouble getting back into the swing of things here, but with the fall behind me I’m ready to have a great spring semester.

I’m really excited about my classes this semester, they seem really interesting.  I also managed to have my friends in most of them so that’s awesome too!  I’m back on the radio this semester with 3BL on Mondays 3pm-5pm so definitely give it a listen (shameless promotion).  There are some really great events this semester too which is exciting.  And I definitely plan on blogging more so you can hear all about the awesome things happening on campus!  It’s my last semester as a Junior and next year is going to be intense so I’m definitely planning on making the most of this semester before my Senior friends graduate.

As a way to accomplish this I’m making a bucket list for this semester.  A lot of people do this for their Senior year but since some of my closest friends are Seniors and have made their own for this year I figured now is a good time to start mine too.  So here it is my Senior (Almost) Year Bucket List…

  1. Visit the Utica Zoo. I love zoos and in all my time here I have yet to go.
  2. Take advantage of all the fun events on campus.
  3. Do something that scares me.
  4. Do well in my classes.
  5. Keep the stress level a lot lower than last semester.
  6. Make a new friend. With some of my friends graduating this year, I think it’s time to expand my friend circle.
  7. Attend a sporting event. Honestly I’m not even sure which sports happen in the spring…
  8. ATTEND CRYSTAL BALL (finally)
  9. Try food from a different country. Utica has a lot of restaurants that serve different countries’ food.
  10. Stay healthy and be happy.

Welcome Back

Jan 30, 2015 | Author: Kenari Flowers

Greetings guys!

Welcome back! Hope you all had a wonderful break, but now it’s time to get back into the motion of things. Order your books, gather your new supplies, and catch the feel of your new courses. This is the time you get to feel out your professors to see if this will be a good course for you. I know your still in vacation mode, but its time to jump into this semester. Also, grow in this semester take what you liked and disliked from last year. Make moves to make this semester better than last year!

You’re in charge of this semester, take charge and let it be great. Review your syllabus and mark important dates in your agenda. Remember this is a fresh start make it worth it. Start strong and end strong!


Exercise Is Key

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Courtney Hryniowski

For many college students, going to the gym or mapping out time to go to the gym isn’t on the top of our busy lists. I will admit that ninety percent of the time I would rather lay in my cozy bed than go to the gym but this week my mindset has really changed.

Now, I’m no fitness or health expert but I know that I can relate to many college students who struggle with the first and simplest step… getting motivated. For many people, arriving to the gym is already an accomplishment within itself.

Today I woke up at 7:45am to head to the gym with my two friends. Initially waking up was not fun but after motivating each other, we made it to the gym. In the end, I was very happy that I followed through with my plans.

Going to the gym today has made me more alert and I feel as if I have more energy overall. When I am at the gym I work as hard as I can because I know my desired goals are not unrealistic but they take time and effort.

I have found five reasons why college students should make time for exercise which include – exercise boosts mood, relieves stress, stimulates brain cell development, improves memory retention, and increases focus and concentration.

Top five tips for you: 

  1. When creating goals for yourself, make sure they are realistic. Creating unrealistic goals will only leave you disappointed in the end.
  2. Get a gym buddy or buddies! It is really helpful to have a support team and others to motivate you when you might not be feeling up for it.
  3. Need some inspiration for some of your workout routines – try Pinterest!
  4. Exercise will only take you so far… make sure you are cautious of what you are eating!
  5. Don’t be hesitant or nervous to go to the gym. Everyone is there for the same reason!

Even though we are a month into the new year, there is still plenty of time for you to set new goals for yourself. It is never to late to change or throw away bad habits.

How to Cope When Your Goals Cause Anxiety

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Allison Acquaviva


Image: Google

Image: Google

Have you ever had so many goals and dreams that – before you know it – end up overwhelming you? You’re planning, you’re searching, you’re doing everything you can to ensure that you reach success, then it all crashes down on you? Yes? Well, then this post is for you!

Often times we are so focused on the future that we totally miss the opportunities of the present! We’re overcome with the stress of building the life we want instead of enjoying the life we have now.

Whenever I talk to people about my future career plans and ambitions, or whenever people talk to me about theirs, I notice that we all have one thing in common. Beneath our confident smiles and strong intelligence, we’re completely terrified. Think about it – whether we’re at the beginning, middle, or end of our college education, we’re all in the same boat.

In a few short years we will find ourselves lacing up our running shoes and stilettos, and being thrown into the world of adulthood. How do we handle that? How can we learn to take things one at a time and NOT eat an elephant in one bite? Here’s a few helpful hints:

1) Run at Your Own Pace

Your career path is uniquely yours. There is no time limit for your dreams. It’s not only part of your story, but it’s part of your purpose as well. It took me four times to figure out where I wanted my life to go. Did all those major changes put me behind? A little. Instead of four solid years, it’s taking me four and a half years to obtain my degree, but I refused to settle for a career that was going to make me unhappy for the rest of my life. Did it bother me to know that majority of my friends would be completely finished in May? Yes. But, eventually when I stopped focusing on the journey of my peers, I could focus on figuring out what would make me truly happy, and now, I’m living it.

2) Embrace the Uncertainty

“Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m a HUGE fan of this quote. Actually, I’m a huge fan of any inspirational quotes. There’s just something so beautiful about the words of others that really, can make a difference in your life. Here’s the point of this message: embrace the unknown! Often times it’s the fear of the unknown that causes our anxiety, but imagine for a moment, if we had all the answers to life? While it might be helpful, that would make life awfully boring. We find out who we are during the most uncertain, rocky times in our lives.

3) Remember: YOU are Writing Your OWN Story

What are our fears and anxieties telling us? Are they telling us that we’re not good enough? Not smart enough? Not strong enough? Are they telling us that we need to do more and be more? If so, that’s false thinking. Much like the first point, we need to realize that WE are the author’s of our own lives. WE hold the pen. Nobody else does. We can be who we want to be, feel how we want to feel, all without competing with others. People need the skills that we have now. Focus on them. Accept fully who and where you are at this moment.

4) Find Your Inspiration

Everybody needs inspiration and the beautiful thing is that we all have the opportunities to find it.  Our inspiration could come from a book, a friend, a relative….anything. Find it, keep it, and go to it when you need a lift. You’ll be surprised at how your anxieties will quickly fade.

5) Find a Happy Spot

We all have our happy spots. You know, places that we love to go relax and unwind from a long and tiring day? For me, that place happens to be cuddled up at home with my dog on my lap and music in my ears (or a book in my hand). We all need places to go to escape from life a little bit. I find that when I take the time each day to just sit, find my peace, and do something that I love, I’m much less overwhelmed!

Remember: We can achieve whatever we want, whenever we want. The key is to not let your ambitions take control over you.

Super Bowl Week!

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Gregory Spears

This is one of the most exciting times of the beginning of the year. It’s super bowl week. The professors, students and faculty are talking amongst each other of who they are placing bets where the super bowl parties are and what wings and pizza they are ordering. This is just a another example how sports not even our own Utica College sports can bring together the Utica College community. This Sunday, if you already do not have plans of hosting your own super bowl party you can come to a super bowl partied at the Utica College pioneer spot in Strebel hosted by the brothers of Iota Phi Theta. Food and Refreshments will be provided. This is an exciting time! It brings the students together and even the professors before class indulge in trash talk of who they are rooting for in the super bowl. Not to mention the day after all the funny commercials will be spoke about on the campus of Utica College. So enjoy Super Bowl weekend with your fellow classmates and professors!

Snow Daze

Jan 29, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

Here in Upstate NY, we are no stranger to cold weather. Luckily for UC students, the Utica College Programming Board has a whole week of events planned to help students enjoy the first full week of classes, even with the freezing temperatures outside! When students attend the events of the week, they can swipe their UC ID and be entered into a raffle to win a giant teddy bear this Friday. I thought that idea was beary nice. Heh heh heh.

Today, there were make-your-own crafts in Strebel Lounge. I was so excited to get out of classes and hear music playing on my way to the Caf upstairs- I knew something fun was happening in the lounge! Sure enough, there was a huge table with many different activities for students to do. It was great to see such a variety of students hanging out together and having fun, especially since Wednesdays on campus are an extremely busy day for student meetings.

My friend Laura and I tried out several of the crafts (some more successfully than others). We made awesome sugar scrubs for our hands, which we got to pick the scent for- I stuck with classic vanilla, but the option of a “maple pancake” scent was pretty tempting. We also created monograms out of cardboard and yarn- and trust me, it was harder than it sounds! There was even a cookie decorating station, which I definitely took full advantage of.

The event was a great break in my busy Wednesday schedule. One of my favorite organizations at UC is UCPB, because they always have such fun events on campus every week, they offer a variety of different entertainment within their events, and everything is always free for students! Once again, UCPB held an awesome event that I and many other students had a blast during. There are still several more Snow Daze events lined up for the week, and I am looking forward to seeing who wins the teddy bear on Friday!

Benefits of Studying Abroad

Jan 28, 2015 | Author: Benjamin Mehic

At some point, every college student thinks about studying abroad.

Whether it’s experiencing life in a different country and culture or simply wanting to get out of the blistering cold for a semester, studying abroad could become a legitimate option for some Utica College students.

If you haven’t heard already, UC his hosting a Study Abroad Fair this Thursday. Here’s more information via email:

The International Education Office will be hosting a Study Abroad Fair on
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29th from 11:00-2:30 outside the cafeteria in Strebel Student
Center.  Stop by to learn about the extraordinary opportunities available to
earn college credit using the world as your classroom.

See the World. Change your Perspective. Control your Future.

If you have questions please contact the International Education office at (315)

But, you may ask, besides visiting a new country, what are the benefits of studying abroad?

First off, studying abroad could help you develop not only as a person, but as a potential employee. Throughout our college careers, professors and advisers will continue to harp on the importance of building up your resume.

Well, having the study abroad program listed on your resume could be a tremendous advantage.

Employers want to see that you’re a willing learner and curious about other cultures. Perhaps showing that you have more life experience could separate you from others that are seeking the same career.



Students from the United States are often intimidated by the concept of studying abroad, but if you’re an upperclassman, it certainly wouldn’t hurt to increase your experiences.


New Semester Resolutions

Jan 26, 2015 | Author: Elaine Paravati

So, loyal readers, you may recall in my last blog that I mentioned creating goals for myself at the start of each semester rather than at the start of the calendar year. This semester is a bit different, as it is my last semester in undergraduate studies at Utica College! My friend Karita created a senior year bucket list ( ), and I found it to be a great idea to keep in mind when I created my goals for my last spring semester here at UC.

My New Semester Resolutions/ Senior Year Sentiments:

1. Attend as many of my favorite (and free!) UC events as I can- including UCPB nights, Crystal Ball, and Mooseapalooza!

2. Win at Tuesday night trivia! (Hey, 4.0 Laura, I’m going to need your help with this one, lil sis)

3. Do something fun over Spring Break- even if it’s not very far away or tropical!

4. Take advantage of the open swim hours at the UC pool to add variety to my workouts.

5. Take a Saranac Brewery tour, and check out any other local attractions that I have yet to see before I leave Utica.

6. Get a good night’s sleep (most nights, at least!) so I am more alert during my 8:30 AM classes!

7. Make it a priority to do more volunteer work in the area.

8. Take a trip to NYC to see museums and eat tons of new foods!

9. Allow myself more down time and fun, rather than over scheduling every moment as usual.

10. Graduate summa cum laude and go on to graduate school next fall!

Well, there you have it- my goals for the upcoming semester! I think it’s going to be an awesome spring, and I am excited for all of the opportunities ahead. Stay tuned to hear how well I can accomplish everything on my list!